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Coteau Books, Memoir
Finalist, First People's Publishing,
2006 Saskatchewan Book Awards

 

Morningstar Mercredi wrote her memoir as a form of activism to speak to the ongoing crisis of Missing and Murdered women in Canada. Morningstar’s story, like thousands of First People, Metis and Innu people, describes how systemic colonialism and apartheid affected her, as a mother she became determined to come to terms with her personal struggles only to realize how severely the historical influences impacted her family.

 

Morningstar takes the reader through her survival and aftermath of post trauma as a first generation person who was not subjugated to an ‘Indian’ Industrial/Residential Institution, and though the institutions were mandated to ‘beat the Indian out’ of hundreds of thousands of children, Morningstar is adamant her ‘warrior spirit’ was not broken. She attributes this to her maternal lineage, her ‘grannies’ as well as the love of her ‘grandfathers’.

 

Morningstar understood, although she was not legally incarcerated in an, ‘Indian’ Residential’ institution, she was nonetheless traumatized by generational impact. Recounting sexual abuse, family violence, poverty, racism, and overcoming her own alcoholism, her inherent strength to survive a myriad of historical atrocities is notable. Historical atrocities, which to date, are affirmed as similar experiences within generations of First Peoples, Metis, and Innu peoples throughout Canada, documented in the Truth and Reconciliation Report two decades after her memoir was published in 2006.

Fort Chipewyan Homecoming, finalist in the Silver Birch young reader's choice award in Ontario.
Matthew is twelve years old and lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. He is of mixed heritage: his mother is Dene Metis, and his father is English, Scottish, and Irish. Because his parents are divorced, Matthew spends one year with each of them in turn. This summer, his mother is taking him to Fort Chipewyan, the oldest settlement in western Canada, and the home of many Chipewyan, Cree, and Metis Indigenous people. Since Matthew was raised in the city, this will be his first time participating in some of the traditional Native activities, such as smoking and drying fish. During his time at Fort Chipewyan, Matthew meets many of his relations, joins in a Dene drum dance, and gets a pair of beautiful moccasins made for him by a talented beadworker. He also learns a little about what it's like to live off the land.

Poetry by Morningstar Mercredi, Volume V Gatherings

'Northern Wind Song' and 'Long Wind Walk'